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How and why does dry mouth affect seniors?

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As people age, they’re more at risk for oral health problems. Dry mouth is one of them. It’s caused when saliva flow lessens, which can be a result of:

  • Cancer treatments that use radiation to the head and neck area
  • Certain diseases, such as Sjögren's syndrome
  • Medication side effects -- many medicines can cause dry mouth

From: Dental Care for Seniors WebMD Medical Reference

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American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 23, 2019

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American Dental Association.

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on April 23, 2019

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